6 Chapter Six: Proactive Considerations

Effective teachers think proactively when planning lessons.  Consider the particular students you will be working with, your time frame, the activities you’ve planned, the materials you are using and possible scenarios that may impact your plans; be prepared to adjust your instruction accordingly.  Describe the possible points in the lesson in which adjustments may need to occur and points in which instruction might be flexible in approach in response to student needs.  Prepare a plan to give more direct instruction or adapted instruction to students who may not be understanding the topic as well as a plan for increasing the rigor or difficulty of tasks when necessary.  Anticipate any behavioral challenges and create a proactive plan for managing classroom climate.  Consider the technology planned during the lesson and describe a backup plan should the technology fail.  Also consider pacing, teacher roles, grouping, assistive technology, and individualized student accommodations.

Contingency Points and Responses

Identify points in the lesson where you might need be flexible in your approach in response to student needs.  How will you respond?


  • Being aware of my two students with poor attendance records, I will place them in different pre-planned groups.
  • To address any misunderstandings as to the activity steps, I will post the steps and provide a model to each group.
  • For students who complete the assigned activity early, access to laptops will be available, as well as a the link to an online ‘Jeopardy’ style game, reviewing the lesson content.
  • In case of a technology malfunction, a graphic organizer will be available on which students will complete a concept map.

GSC’s Aligned Lesson Plan Section

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GSC’s Aligned Lesson Plan Rubric Criteria



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